The BMW Podcast : Changing Lanes

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“Changing Lanes” is the official podcast of BMW. Featuring new episodes each week, in which our hosts take you on exciting journeys and talk about innovative technologies, lifestyle, design, cars and more. Subscribe to the BMW podcast series to find out about bathtubs in self driving cars, what a Beamer is, or why BMW designers are playing with clay. And in case you’ve been wondering if it’s legal to polish your BMW in your underwear – we have an episode that answers that as well. All this and more in “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW. Hosted by Sara and Jonathan and featuring exciting guests - we are always authentic, but not always completely serious.

28 July 2020

#021 The story of the M colors and logo

Every petrolhead knows the three stripes and the logo of BMW M. But few know the meaning and origin of the BMW M colors and the iconic logo with the slanted M. Reason enough for our podcast hosts Jonathan and Sara to dive into BMW history, talk to the BMW Group Classic Archive, and find out for our listeners. Click play to learn who created the famous trademarks, find out if they really originated in motorsports, and hear the curious story behind the color red in the BMW M logo!

#020 Sustainability: hype or real deal?

Just a marketing buzzword, or a real chance for companies like BMW? To find out, we invited two guests to our podcast to discuss sustainability: Daniela Bohlinger from BMW, and Michael Held from Steelcase, one of the world's largest and most innovative furniture companies. Both are working towards more sustainability, especially in terms of design and materials used for products. Tune into this exciting episode, in which our podcast host Sara found out how sustainability and design are connected, what the dark side of the moon for products means, why sustainability is more than just not polluting the environment, and what office chairs and the seats in your BMW have in common. Oh, and if you were wondering what Dilbert comic strips and the reality of office space design have to do with each other... well, just hit play!

#019 The story of the Isetta

The BMW Isetta is an icon of automotive and BMW history, even if it’s not your typical BMW. Join us in discovering the history of the Isetta: where does its name come from? How is the iconic bubble car related to a refrigerator? What does this small vintage car have to do with escaping East Germany? Our podcast hosts Sara and Jonathan did some research and dove into the depths of the BMW Group Classic archive. Listen to this episode of “Changing Lanes” to find the answers and hear what they found out, in our fascinating history of this classic BMW.

#018 Why prototype camouflage looks the way it does

When a new prototype BMW heads onto the road for testing (or any brand’s test mules for that matter) it’s usually covered in a dazzle camouflage. Most likely anybody that has seen the dazzle camouflage in spy shots or in real life has wondered why it looks the way it does. Well in this episode of “Changing Lanes”, Sara and Jonathan explain why the patterns look the way they do, where they have their surprising origins, and also explain the term “Erlkönig”, used in Germany to describe covered test mules.

#017 Hydrogen fuel cell cars: All you need to know

Lots of experts are sure that hydrogen fuel cell cars are the future, and that it won’t be long before hydrogen-powered cars will be all the rage. In this episode, Sara and Jonathan are here to make sure that once everybody is fuel cell vehicles, you’ll be ready to join the discussion. Our hosts explain how a hydrogen engine works, dive into the pros and cons of fuel cell technology, and also take a look into the future of hydrogen engines. All this and more in this episode of “Changing Lanes” - so hit play to become a hydrogen car expert.

#016 The secret behind our favorite places

Everyone has a favorite place – a place for hygge and coziness. For our hosts Sara and Jonathan it’s of course the recording booth in which they recorded this BMW Podcast episode of “Changing Lanes”. For everyone else it’s the couch at home, a café, or for some even the cockpit of their BMW. But we wanted to find out what makes these spots our favorite places, what makes them hygge and comfortable. Is it design? Feng-shui? Come with us on a sensory search for clues about the magic of feel-good locations.


We set out to find the best BMW engine of all time. In this episode of “Changing Lanes”, the official podcast of BMW, we’re about to end the eternal debate among petrolheads and BMW fans, and finally declare the greatest BMW engine of all time. Well, not really, as it’s nearly impossible to pick an engine from over 100 years of engine history at BMW. V12, V8 or straight-six; turbo or naturally aspirated; petrol or diesel engine... the options are seemingly endless. And what about electric engines and hybrids? So instead of settling on one engine, we’ve come up with a highly subjective list of 12 engine milestones. Think we missed one of the greatest BMW engines? Let us know via

#014 Electric car, hybrid and co. Explained

In this BMW podcast episode we explain the differences between Plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid, fully electric cars and many more. We know it’s difficult to keep track of all the technologies when it comes to e-mobility. That’s why we use this episode of “Changing Lanes” to explain what kinds of EVs exist, from PHEV all the way to fuel cell vehicles. So get ready to learn the main differences in charging, engine configuration and daily usage – so if you want to be up to date on how electric cars work, listen to our BMW podcast episode.

#013 The history of the BMW 3 Series

Few car models have such a long and rich history as the iconic BMW 3 Series: spanning 7 generations and going all the way back to 1975, when the first one hit the market as a sedan and convertible. Many variants and developments were to follow through the years, the legendary E30, the game-changing E36… But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Hit play and listen to Sara and Jonathan recount the history of the BMW 3 Series generations in this episode of “Changing Lanes”!

#012 How to stay awake while driving

Everybody that’s driven long distances in a car has wondered how to stay awake while driving – so Sara and Jonathan are here to help and give some answers in this podcast episode. Falling asleep or even drowsy driving are real dangers, so pay close attention as they explain what really works, what’s just a short-term solution, or even a myth. Get ready for tips and advice that should help you stay awake and alert behind the wheel!

#011 5 Trends in Urban Mobility

Wondering about what the future of urban mobility looks like has come to an end. For this podcast episode, Sara and Jonathan did some research on mobility trends and exciting developments specifically in urban mobility. The result: a fascinating overview of 5 interesting trends featuring e-vehicles, mobility on demand, autonomous driving, and more. Sounds good? Click play and get ready to charge into the future!

#010 The origin of the BMW name and nickname "Bimmer"

The BMW name is strongly associated with driving pleasure. “Bimmer,” “beamer” and “beemer” are all common nicknames for BMW vehicles.In this podcast episode, Sara and Jonathan dive into the BMW brand’s long history to find out what BMW actually stands for and explain the meaning behind the acronym. And while they’re at it, they also explain the meaning and history of the BMW nicknames. Bimmer, Beamer, Beemer... you’re about to find out their origins and meanings.

#005 The ultimative bucket list for car enthusiasts

Almost everybody has a bucket list with things they want to do at least once in their lives. But most are rather tame: learn a new language, plant a tree… Too little adrenaline for true petrolheads. That’s why Sara and Jonathan came up with their own (highly subjective) bucket list for all car fans and petrolheads out there. Check it out in this podcast episode!

#004 Autonomous Driving Expert Talk

On this episode Jonathan sat down with two autonomous driving experts: Professor Nico Larco from the University of Oregon, and Armin Gräter from the BMW Autonomous Driving Campus. We discussed common misconceptions, opportunities, a look into the future, 100-year old grandmothers, and many more exciting aspects of self-driving cars.

#003 Car design in 7 steps

Few things are as top secret as a car’s new design. But Sara and Jonathan got the exclusive chance to look behind the scenes of how a new car is designed, talk to one of the designers, and now present to you the 7 stages of the design process at BMW. So get ready to find out what tape and clay have to do with why a car looks the way it does!

#002 The 5 levels of autonomous driving

Everybody seems to be talking about autonomous cars as the next big thing, but what exactly is it? And what are those 5 levels everybody is talking about? In this episode Sara and Jonathan break down the topic of autonomous driving, and explain everything you need to know to join the conversation!

#001 Absurd traffic laws around the world

Being a lawful driver on the streets is usually a good thing, but what happens if the traffic laws are so absurd that one really wonders what the point is? For this episode Sara and Jonathan collected 9 of the weirdest, craziest, and at times even dumbest traffic laws from around the world - so prepare to get absurd!